In a world filled with misconceptions about dog breeds, few have faced as much negative press as the Bully XL has lately. These dogs, often unfairly labeled as aggressive or dangerous, have become victims of sensationalism and prejudice. It's time to set the record straight: when it comes to dogs, it's about "deed not breed." In this blog, we'll explore why judging a dog solely based on its breed is misguided and why employing kind, calm and consistent training methods is the key to nurturing well behaved, happy dogs, regardless of their breed.
It's undeniably heart wrenching when dog attacks occur, causing harm and distress to both people and animals. Our shared goal as dog behaviourists and responsible dog owners is to acknowledge the seriousness of such incidents and actively work towards minimising the risk of future occurrences. By focusing on education, responsible ownership and the promotion of positive training methods, we can collectively strive to create a safer and more harmonious environment for everyone, fostering a world where every dog, regardless of breed, can thrive as a well-behaved and beloved member of the community.
The first step in dismantling the negative stereotypes associated with the Bully XL breed is to understand that no dog is inherently aggressive because of its breed. Just like humans, a dog's behavior is influenced by a combination of genetics, upbringing and environment. To label an entire breed as dangerous is not only unfair but also counterproductive. Responsible ownership, socialisation and positive reinforcement training play a far more significant role in determining a dog's behaviour. No matter the breed, the foundation of effective dog training is built on kindness, calmness, and consistency.
Positive reinforcement techniques, such as reward based training, have been proven time and again to yield the best results. Using fear based methods or punitive measures can exacerbate behaviour issues and harm the bond between you and your dog. By creating a loving, safe, and consistent environment for your Bully XL (or any breed), you can encourage good behaviour and help dog's to become happy, balanced companions.
UK based Ellie says, "This picture shows our dog, Crystal. She is an XL Bully. We only use positive reinforcement with her training. Crystal is truly a very kind and a loving dog. Loves people, children, other dogs and is even friendly with our cat. We have a young family and would never put them at risk. Crystal came to us in March this year as a rescue, due to her previous family not being able to take care of her. She is one in a million".
In conclusion, it's essential to break free from the stereotypes surrounding dog breeds and shift our focus to responsible ownership and training methods that emphasize kindness, calmness and consistency. By doing so, we not only help Bully XL dogs overcome their negative image but also contribute to the overall well being and harmony of our beloved canine companions, regardless of their breed or background.